Mediterranean Politics invites authors to submit a new type of academic article, Research Notes, for consideration for future publication. Research Notes are short, peer-reviewed academic articles (between 3,000 and 4,000 words, all inclusive of footnotes, tables, etc.) that make a novel and focused contribution to empirical knowledge about international and comparative politics of the Mediterranean region, featuring a general research topic and presenting some preliminary empirical findings. Yet, unlike full-length research articles, Research Notes do not feature an extensive literature review, formal elaboration of hypotheses, or detailed empirical testing. Most important, Research Notes should have a ‘shareable’ contribution for the scholarly community. They introduce new data, methodological techniques, or resources that can aid other scholars. These contributions are posted on the journal’s website should the manuscript be accepted for publication, so other scholars can read, utilize, and apply them in their own research. Research Notes furnish scholars with tools, resources, and information to aid them in the practicalities of conducting research in the Mediterranean region. Below, the journal has provided a list of examples of potentially fitting topics for Research Notes. This is a non-exhaustive list, and authors should consult with Dr. Matt Buehler (email@example.com) to assess whether their topic is fitting for a Research Note. Research Notes should adhere to the same guidelines as full length article manuscripts in Mediterranean Politics regarding citation style, table formatting, word usage, ect. Upon submitting your manuscript to the journal’s website, please note in your cover letter to the editors that you want it considered for the Research Notes section.
Research Note Examples
- Elections data sets: A scholar develops a data set to help statistically analyze the results of a recent election in one or more Mediterranean country. Often the interior ministries of these countries release election results through an online website or in pdf form, but these data are not immediately useful for conducting statistical analyses because they have not yet been converted into a STATA or excel file that can be mathematically manipulated. Additionally, they often need to be translated from their native languages into English.
- Event data sets: A scholar develops a data set on specific political or social events (i.e. protests, union strikes, rebel activity, campaign activities) in one or more Mediterranean country.
- Fieldwork ‘How-To’ Guides: A scholar develops a guide for other researchers about how to conduct archival research in one or more Mediterranean country. The scholar details which archives are open to researchers, how one accesses them, what types of archival materials are available/not available, and also practical logistics (addresses of archives, perhaps contact information for the archivists or gatekeepers). In a similar vein, a researcher could develop a ‘how-to’ guide for conducting survey research or qualitative interviews in one or more Mediterranean country.
- New Methodological Techniques: A scholar writes a short piece explaining a new and emerging methodological technique. For example, some scholars are now geo-locating twitter tweets and displaying them in geographic information system (GIS) maps. Or, scholars use night-time satellite lights data to help measure sub-national variation in regional economic development. A Research Note might explain these new methods, how to use them, and how they can be applied to studying politics in various Mediterranean countries.